Leave the flying to the professionals. That’s the message coming from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) out of concern for spectator safety and the safety of air show pilots who fly nearly 10,000 performances at over 300 North American events annually.
Supporting the FAA’s “No Drone Zone,” “Leave Your Drone at Home,” and “Know Before You Fly” initiatives, ICAS wants air show spectators and those in an air show venue’s surrounding area to understand that flying an unmanned aircraft in unauthorized air space is not just illegal, but unnecessarily puts people at risk. [Read more…]
Dispatch from 1V0, Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico: The wind howls through Race 53’s twin tails. A high-pitched whine. Ghosts shrieking.
Her wings rock back and forth, straining against the tie-down straps. The sky above is an evil dark grey-green. Fast-moving ash-grey clouds scuttle across the horizon.
The rain comes in waves, never stopping. Sometimes it’s light, creating an alligator-skin pattern of beaded water on my windshield. Sometimes it’s car wash-heavy, blocking any view of the outside world as it pounds on the Plexiglas dome above my head.
It’s cold. I’m cold. [Read more…]
More than 62,000 fans witnessed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway transform into an airfield as Red Bull Air Race touched down at the iconic speedway for the first time.
German Pilot Matthais Dolderer won the debut Indy race, clinching his first World Championship in the process.
Englishman and 2014 World Champion Nigel Lamb finished second, and Canadian Pete McLeod earned the third spot on the coveted podium. [Read more…]
The weather was so delightful this year that there were a record number of airplanes — close to 400 — that flew to Antique Airfield at Blakesburg, Iowa.
Aircraft from 37 states were in attendance, and Classic Aviation of Pella, Iowa, stayed busy pumping fuel from its fuel truck, selling more than 3,000 gallons.
The fly-in started on Wednesday, Aug. 31, and the “Gone Home” Award Ceremony was held Sunday, Sept. 4. The event officially concluded on Monday afternoon, Sept. 5.
The 46th Annual Antique Airplane Association/Airpower Museum’s (AAA/APM) Invitational Fly-In was themed “BTB Days — Back to Blakesburg & Back to Basics.” [Read more…]
The sun has just risen over the rim of the desert. The moon hangs over the dry, treeless mountains. It’s chilly. I hunker down in my windbreaker. It’s deathly quiet, except for the occasional far away rumble of an aircraft engine, wafting over the desert like distant thunder.
The soil is chalky white, populated only by low scrubs, chamisa, sage, and a few hearty clumps of grass. I’m at inner pylon 2, perhaps the loneliest spot on the planet, but a front row seat for the action to come. [Read more…]